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Education and Youth Programs

Southeast Youth Center

Goal

Challenge and support educational, social, civic, cultural, and recreational institutions and programs that engage Southeast neighborhood children, youth and families.

Action items for this area of the Southeast Quality-of-Life Plan are listed below. Click on any action item to expand the table and review our progress; click the title again to close the table.

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5.1 Challenge and support existing youth programs.

Lead Organization: Southeast Community Services
Lead Partner Organizations: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Making Connections, IPS, Charter Schools, Safe Haven, AmeriCorps Harmony Program, Southeast Social Services Committee
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5.1.1Tie youth to arts community through Second Story creative writing program and additional arts programming.In 2010, Second Story teamed with the University of Indianapolis to help students at Manual High school bring back their yearbook and newspaper publications.
5.1.2Support early childhood programs such as Making Connections and Play and Learn.Since 2008 72 children participated in Play and Learn programs. However, this program is in danger of losing its funding.
5.1.3Support existing youth athletic programs throughout the neighborhood.Approximately 140 youth participate each year in SECO’s youth baseball program. To register a youth for baseball, contact Rachel Cooper at 213-9093.
5.1.4Support SECS Summer Youth Program.In 2012, 18 youth participated in this program. Youth interested in participating should contact Tiffany Boyd at tiffanyb@southeastindy.org.
5.1.5Support SECO’s Next Generation Youth Work Program.Each year 35 youth participate in the Next Generation Youth Work Program.
5.1.6Encourage the use of Southeast parks for adult and youth programming.
5.1.7Gather Southeast youth program staff twice a year to coordinate and evaluate Southeast
youth programming.

5.2 Increase high quality early educational opportunities in the Southeast

Lead Organization: SE Education Task Force
Lead Partner Organizations: IPS, Southeast Community Services, SENSE, Christel DeHaan Academy, Fountain Square Public Library, Stand For Children, CICF, St. Mary's Child Center
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5.2.1Advocate for Head Start in the neighborhood.There are presently efforts to find a location for a Head Start in Southeast Indy. The Southeast Education Task Force is also working with IPS and St. Mary’s Child Center to create a pre-school in Southeast Indy.

5.2.2Advocate and empower neighborhood daycares to partnership with United Way to
increase participation in Path to Quality program.
The SE Education Task completed a survey of Southeast childcare providers in 2012 and discovered only about 16% of Southeast children have early education opportunities.

5.2.3Attract and/or create quality and empowering before and after school care programs to
the neighborhood.
5.2.4Support library programs and the use of print media, including culturally relevant print
media.

5.2.5Advocate for Early Readers Club.
5.2.6Seek collaboration with other groups who work to increase early education opportunities
in their area.
The SE Education Task Force is working with several groups like Even Start to increase early education opportunities

5.3 Improve kindergarten readiness at home and in schools

Lead Organization: SE Education Task Force
Lead Partner Organizations: IPS, Southeast Community Services, SENSE, Christel DeHaan Academy, Fountain Square Public Library, Stand For Children, CICF
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5.3.1Work to ensure that children reach social and culturally appropriate developmental
milestones before they enter kindergarten.
5.3.2Encourage attendance on first day of school.
5.3.3Promote media literacy.
5.3.4Support library programs and the use of print media, including culturally relevant print
media.

5.3.5Advocate for Early Readers Club and Bunny Book Bags.
5.3.6Promote collaborative efforts with the Education Task Force and Kindergarten
Countdown.

5.3.7Advocate for quality educational improvements in ministry and at-home child care
options in Southeast, including universal preschool.

5.3.8Advocate for mandatory kindergarten.
5.3.9Seek collaboration with other groups who work to improve kindergarten readiness at home and in schools.

5.4 Ensure community and family voice in Southeast Schools: Emma Donnan Middle School, Emmerich Manual High School, SENSE Charter School, Paul I Miller School 114, James A. Garfield School 31, William McKinley School 39, Emmaus Lutheran School, Trinity Christian School, Central Catholic School, Christel House Academy CharterHenry W Longfellow Middle School 28, Indiana Math and Science Academy South, Cristel House Drop Out Recovery, Super School at Fredrick Douglass School 19 and Eleanor Skillen School 34.

Lead Organization: SE Education Task Force
Lead Partner Organizations: IPS, Southeast Community Services, SENSE, Christel DeHaan Academy, Fountain Square Public Library, Stand For Children, CICF
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5.4.1Support the parent coordinators/liaisons role in Southeast schools.Southeast Community Services presently supports two coordinators at IPS Schools 31 and 114. SENSE also had a person in the position. They work closely with the neighborhood as well as parents.
5.4.2Help ensure sustainable funding for community parent coordinators/liaisons positions in
Southeast schools.
United Way has promised funding for the present coordinators and assistance with placing additional persons in the neighborhood schools.
5.4.3Encourage parents to take advantage of resources provided by parent
coordinators/liaisons in schools.
5.4.4Assist parent coordinators/liaisons in connecting to community events.
5.4.5

Empower parents to be active stakeholders and decision makers in Southeast schools
through capacity building efforts, such as an independent parent university.
In 2012, the SE Education Task Force held an education forum to gather concerns from parents and community members of the Southeast. With the information gathered the group organized the 2012-13 Southeast Education Campaign to promote family and community engagement in schools. The group secured a $17,500 grant from Annie E. Casey Foundation to study local school councils and bring the concept back to Indianapolis.
5.4.6Work with coordinators to increase the number of Southeast youth applying for 21st
Century scholarships.
5.4.7

Ensure that Southeast families and community residents participate in school decision making tables such as School Advisory Teams and other bodies that guide school improvement, governance, policy development, site-based management teams and other decisions that effect the
education of our children.
In 2013, the SE Education Task Force is working on local school councils with a site visit to Chicago school in March.

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5.5 Improve Southeast cultural awareness in school curriculum as well as other cultural diversity

Lead Organization: SE Education Task Force
Lead Partner Organizations: IPS, Southeast Community Services, SENSE, Christel DeHaan Academy, Fountain Square Public Library, Stand For Children, CICF
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5.5.1Advocate for the addition of working class history in curriculum.The SE Education Task Force is working on the development of a simple training for teachers.
5.5.2

Advocate for more involvement in community service and community change from staff
and students.
In 2012, the SE Education Task Force led a tour of the Southeast for SENSE staff. They
are planning on offering the tour to all schools in the Southeast. The task force also implemented a fundraiser for Southeast teachers. They raised over $500.00 that enabled them to provide 22 Southeast teachers who attended the event with an annual scholarship for school supplies at Teachers Treasures.

5.5.3

Train and orient educators about the strong, vibrant working class culture of the Southeast community in order that those educators can teach appreciatively.
As part of the 2012-13 Southeast Education Campaign, the Southeast Education Task Force plans to implement a workshop for Southeast teachers around educating working-class children in their own self interest.


5.5.4Advocate that our neighborhood teachers should either come from the urban setting or have proven comprehensive understanding of urban element.

5.6 Increase civic literacy in Southeast Public Schools

Lead Organization: SE Education Task Force
Lead Partner Organizations: IPS, Southeast Community Services, SENSE, Christel DeHaan Academy, Fountain Square Public Library, Stand For Children, CICF
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5.6.1Advocate political and economic empowerment education of students and families, so
that they may be actively engaged, self-governing citizens.

5.6.2Ensure neighborhood schools are acting as critical institutions for breaking the cycle of
poverty.

5.7 Establish a permanent Southeast Education Task Force

Lead Organization: SE Education Task Force
Lead Partner Organizations: IPS, Southeast Community Services, SENSE, Christel DeHaan Academy, Fountain Square Public Library, Stand For Children, CICF
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5.7.1Create a permanent Southeast Education Task Force to meet periodically and monitor educational institutions and educational progress
A Southeast Education Task Force has been created and meets on the third Thursday of each
month at Southeast Community Services. To participate or for more information, contact Angie Calvert at angie.calvert@yahoo.com
5.7.2Communicate and collaborate with other Quality of Life Plan and neighborhood education committees.
The Southeast Education Task Force is working with a variety of groups like Stand For
Children and the NAACP as well as grassroots neighborhood groups.
5.7.3Hold ourselves and all schools and partners accountable for the best results for students of the Southeast.

5.9 Consider the environmental impact of all present and future projects on the Southeast Indianapolis ecology